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G.I. Joe’s not only Store with Fishing Bait Window!

Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview, Washington, has one, too!  Or a least, in October 2013,  Bob’s had a directional sign pointing to the early morning bait window in their parking lot when I took this photo. But too bad, I don’t think you could … Continue reading

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“I’ll Take a Mocha Latte and a Bag of Worms!”

Where could you place that order today?  I don’t know!  But in the old days, maybe you could get that order filled at the walk-up Espresso window at the Hayden Meadows store in North Portland! Hayden Meadows store featured a Java Joe’s … Continue reading

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Portland’s Vanport Flood happened May 30th, Sixty-Nine Years Ago

The Vanport Flood of May 30, 1948, was the most grave natural disaster that Portland has ever faced.  The Columbia River broke through a railroad embankment and inundated Vanport, which was the second largest city in Oregon at the time. The flood left approximately 18,000 … Continue reading

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Ron Menconi, Former VP for Merchandising at G.I. Joe’s, Spells out How to Succeed In Retail Today

  Check out Ron Menconi’s article in the May/June 2017 Sports Insight Magazine issue.  It is titled, “How Stores Can Thrive in a Tough Retail Environment.” I enjoyed the insightful article, especially when he was bringing up ideas that G.I. Joe’s executed … Continue reading

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Corky’s Farewell Memorial May 22, 2016

David (Corky) Orkney zoomed off to the great beyond (can’t you just imagine him driving his blue Carrera Porsche) in sync with his Celebration of Life Service just a year ago today.  That is because the celebration took place in a large white tent, just like a … Continue reading

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The Mystery Store Identified as Hayden Meadows/Delta Park!

Thanks to John, Mike Fitzhugh, Ed Darnell, and Carl Leach for identifying the location of the mystery store as Hayden Meadows in Delta Park in North Portland.  The clincher was decipering the Sleep Train store sign located to the left of G.I. Joe’s, … Continue reading

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Dad’s First Newspaper Ad for G.I. Joe’s

Dad ran this small advertisement for G.I. surplus sleeping bags in The Oregonian classifieds in the early 1950s.

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